Burglary misery for Sheffield Paralympian

Yvette Atkins of Greenland Court Darnall who had her flat broken inot and computer equipment, televisions and her Team GB Olympic suitcase stolen''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
Yvette Atkins of Greenland Court Darnall who had her flat broken inot and computer equipment, televisions and her Team GB Olympic suitcase stolen''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
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A BLIND Paralympian living in Sheffield’s worst burglary hotspot has been devastated by a break-in - as her pleas to be rehoused have ‘fallen on deaf ears’.

Yvette Adkins, a reserve in the GB Goalball team, moved to her flat in Darnall last year.

Darnall was named as the worst area of Sheffield for burglary in crime figures for January to September this year. There were 335 burglaries in Darnall - compared with 50 in Stocksbridge.

Yvette, aged 27, has begged housing officials to move her from the area because of groups of youths gathering on open space behind her home in Greenland Court, fighting and calling her names. Yobs have also thrown missiles including bricks into her garden.

And after leaving her home to travel to the Paralympics opening ceremony in August, her flat was ransacked.

Yvette said: “They stole two TVs, a MacBook pro computer and a ‘talking’ 22 inch iMac computer which had special software that converted for me what was on the screen into speech. I used the equipment to read, write, pay bills and do the shopping.

“They even stole a Team GB Paralympics suitcase I had been given.”

Yvette, who does not have a guide dog but walks with a white stick, said since the burglary on August 11, she has continued to ask to be rehoused, supported by Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.

She said: “I do not feel safe here. I have now asked 15 times to be moved but it is as if my words are falling on deaf ears.”

A Sheffield Homes spokeswoman said: “We sympathise with Miss Adkins.

“We have asked our wardens to visit her regularly to reassure her and offer support where we can. Additionally, we are working with police developing a plan which includes increased patrols.

“We are doing all we can to help Miss Adkins move to accommodation which suits her needs.”